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In our families, there are elderly family members that we want to take care of. Ensuring the well-being of seniors involves being concerned with their daily safety.
Did you know that falls represent 10% of emergency visits and 85% of hospitalizations for the elderly; and that 40% of individuals to whom it happens will suffer from a hip fracture following this fall?
Bones become brittle and fragile with age. Some individuals are more prone to this condition than others, several suffer from a silent disease called osteoporosis.
The consequences of a fall for an elderly person can be disastrous, long hospitalizations, infections, permanent injuries, invalidity, etc. Several individuals will die from the effects of a fracture.
This is why it is important to make the prevention of falls a priority. Here are a few useful tips to reduce the risk of falling at home:
When they are used properly and as prescribed, medications help to maintain a person’s health and quality of life. Seniors often have to take several medications at a time. However, if they are not taken properly, they can constitute a threat by causing certain side effects and increasing the risk of falls and injuries.
Pharmacists make an effort to ensure that medications are taken safely and optimally. Therefore, it is important to do the same at home.
Here are a few tips on the matter:
Your pharmacist is a medication specialist. Consult him/her as often as needed.
When seniors are living alone, especially if they are losing their autonomy, it is important that they be prepared for emergencies, such as a fall or a malaise.
It can be reassuring that seniors have access to an emergency call service. Most warning systems currently offered on the market are equipped with cordless emergency call buttons that allow individuals to contact emergency services at all times if there is a problem.
Seniors who are ill or who live alone are the most likely to benefit from this service.
Here are a few additional tips in dealing with an emergency:
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about the health and safety of the elderly.
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